Author Archives: Rachel Collis

About Rachel Collis

Rachel gained 15 years experience as a psychiatrist before moving into management consulting in 2001. She now lectures on the Executive MBA program at QUT and provides executive coaching, facilitation and workshops to organisations around Australia. To learn more, visit - http://rachelcollis.com.au/

Helping Alpha Executives to Drop The Corporate Armour

According to Ludeman and Erlandson (2004). ‘Alpha’ executives make up 70% of senior executives. They are confident and intelligent, competitive and impatient. They like to be in charge. ‘Alpha’ executives don’t tend to listen well to others. They engage in … Continue reading

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Which 8 Practices Will Help You To Flourish?

We are experiencing a rapid increase in the incidence of ‘lifestyle’ disorders such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders, depression and anxiety. Dr Kelly Wilson (who IMHO wrote one of the best books I have ever read on psychotherapy) … Continue reading

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Finding Meaning

Meaning in life is an important factor in human well being. You probably won’t be surprised that research has shown that people who have a sense of meaning and purpose in their life are happier than those without that sense … Continue reading

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Learning to Touch Fear

My daughter, Ellie, is training her horse to touch an object. Ellie points at the object and says the word ‘touch’ and her horse, Josie, touches it with her nose. This seems like an odd skill to train. So I … Continue reading

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How Science Can Help You to Use Words to Weave Magic

It was like he was performing some form of magic. He seemed to knows how to structure his questions and interactions in a way that freed people up. As I watched, I could tell that he was doing something extraordinary … Continue reading

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Working in a harsh environment can mess you up more than you think…

Have you ever had to survive a harsh environment at work? This woman has… Most of us have lived through an unpleasant time at work. When it ends, we sigh with relief and assume all will now be fine. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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You must have a good reason to….

Last week I was wandering around Kmart trying to find an adapter plug. In my search I found myself walking through the Lego aisle. I was taken aback by the fierce feeling of joy and longing that hit me as … Continue reading

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